Fast bowler Jofra Archer has been rewarded for a breakthrough international summer with an England Test and white ball central contract, the ECB has announced. Archer was England’s leading wicket-taker in their triumphant World Cup campaign.
The stellar fast-bowler then carried his World Cup form in the Ashes series where he took 22 wickets at an average of 20.27 in four Tests. Archer's Ashes highlights included six-wicket hauls in both of England's victories, at Headingley and The Oval.
In all, the England selectors awarded 10 Test contracts and 12 white-ball contracts. The contracts, which cover a 12-month period will commence from 1 October 2019. The 12-man white-ball contract list no longer includes Alex Hales, who missed the World Cup after a drugs ban, David Willey or Liam Plunkett, but Joe Denly is included for the first time.